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Serious - what's a pocket protector?
Some sort of super-hero who watches your personal finances?
Is this a USA thing?
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A soft plastic thing (liner) that you put in your chest shirt pocket to protect it from the blobs of ink that often accumulated on the end of one's biros.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocket_protector

They have an image of a "Linux" one. smiley-razz
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Wow!
And presumably people were gullible enough to part with cash for those?
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Hey I have got one of those. I got it from the Open Source conference last year. It came in the goody bag we all got. It was from Sparkfun filled with LEDs, I thought it was just a fancy plastic bag, never seen one before.
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And presumably people were gullible enough to part with cash for those?

As you can see from this documentary they are worth their weight in gold...
http://www.imdb.com/media/rm3197548544/tt0088000
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It used to be that if you didn't have a pocket protector you weren't really a qualified tech/geek/nerd and could not be trusted to get things working or write usable code. Those poor pitiful folks who couldn't even change a light bulb seemed to think it was a fashion "faux pas" but then who did they call whenever tehy got themselves in trouble - the guy with the pocket protector. Got out of the habit of using one when I got into field service as my wrench set and computer didn't fit in one...
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My pen (Parker Jotter stainless steel ballpoint) doesn't leak.  smiley-cool

But I would like to get a holster for my calculator, or perhaps a nice compartmentalized courier satchel. There's too much stuff I like having available to use like a pen, pencil, eraser, notebook, calculator, flashlight, Victorinox Ranger, cellphone, and usually some reading material on whatever I'm studying up on.

I'm not a professional programmer, just a hobbyist, so programming in a readable way is for my own sake. An occasional pleasure of mine is using gotos (I play chess).
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"Courier Satchel"??? Sorry, but that sounds kind of like a purse. Definitely not geekish, need a cardboard box with duct tape.
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Indiana Jones had a satchel.  smiley-cool A box with duct tape? That doesn't seem very practical or reliable.

I guess part of my point was that functionality being more important than fashion or aesthetics seems kind of geeky. The reason to have a satchel, calculator holster, or a pocket protector isn't just because they're cool or fashionable.  smiley-wink

Either way, it's alright with me if having a satchel doesn't make me geeky...

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Wow! And presumably people were gullible enough to part with cash for those?

Watch Apollo 13.  Most of the guys in Mission Control wear them, as was popular among engineers in the 60s.
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Hadn't retractable ballpoints (or caps) been invented back then?
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I think it was a matter of efficiency and convenience, more than "protection."  For a while it puzzled me why engineers who thought wearing one was okay, would be bothered if their shirt had an ink stain.  Then I realized, putting 5-6 writing instruments (and maybe a slide ruler) into a pocket everyday would be an issue.  Things could get missed! 

The solution?  Package them together into a convenient little plastic folder.
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I think it was a matter of efficiency and convenience, more than "protection."

This.  It would be more appropriate to call them pocket organizers as opposed to pocket protectors.  The protection aspect was more of a side affect as opposed to a primary function.
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This.  It would be more appropriate to call them pocket organizers as opposed to pocket protectors.  The protection aspect was more of a side affect as opposed to a primary function.

Only someone who uses one would argue this statement.  smiley-wink  J/K
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